Formed in East London in 1999, post-punk revival band Bloc Party consists of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). During its early stages, the band went through various names such as Angel Range and Union before settling with the current name by 2003. Their debut album Silent Alarm was released in 2005 with a remix counterpart called Silent Alarm Remixed out later that year. In 2007, they released their second proper studio album A Weekend In the City, with Intimacy out the following year. In 2009, the band took a hiatus in favor of side projects. Notably, frontman Kele released his solo album The Boxer in 2010. The following year, Bloc Party reunited, culminating in the recording and eventual release of their 2012 album Four.
The album’s lead single “Octopus” shows off the band’s signature post-punk sound with its upbeat indie rock tune. Since many of the album’s tracks differ from each other in some aspects (which I’ll discuss later), it might be hard to pinpoint the album’s representative sound and compare it with “Octopus”. However, this is one of those areas in the album’s varying tones, and it might show that they still haven’t given up on their signature sound.
The highlights of the album are based on the album’s varying degrees in sounds. For the album’s fourth track, “Real Talk,” its mid-tempo song maintains the band’s signature music with some indie rock influences prevalent. At some points of Four, upbeat rock is notable in some of its tracks, such as “V.A.L.I.S.” (Track 8) and “Truth” (Track 10). Additionally, the album has some dark and edgy moments with harder-sounding tunes like “3×3,” (Track 2), “Kettling,” (Track 5), and “We’re Not Good People” (Track 12).
In conclusion, this album is worth checking out. If the aforementioned songs are satisfying enough upon listening to them, I recommend the entire album, thus making this my album pick for September 2012. That about wraps up my article for Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club. Tune in next time at around the first week of next month for another album pick.
Aerrow Shapiro is a KSSU.com DJ who hosts a weekly hour-long alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power, which (as of the date of publication) currently airs every Tuesday at 5 PM PT on KSSU.com. For more information you can check out the show on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HourOfPowerKSSU) and on Twitter (@hourofpowerkssu).